ESL English Programs at University of Florida ELI UF

English Language Programs at The University of Florida


English Language Programs at Florida University

The English Programs (English as a Second Language, ESL courses) of the English Language Institute of The University of Florida are one of the most established international and English language programs in the United States and Florida.

Quality of the English Program at UF

More than 60 years of experience teaching English as a second language to international students at the University of Florida

Prepare students for using English in the real world

The English programs are based on current research in the fields of language teaching, acquisition, learning and assessment

Quality of English instructors at UF

Our faculty and staff are committed to providing the quality service and education you deserve

Students from all around the world

A diverse student body from over 70 countries that enriches the classroom experience

Extracurricular activities at UF

Extracurricular activities including access to daily after-class sports and cultural activities

Field Trips in Florida

Our location in the heart of Florida provides incomparable access to cities as Orlando, and attractions as Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Epcot Center, etc.

Gainesville is an amazing city to live

Gainesville was voted the Number 1 city in the United States in 1995 by Money Magazine. With a population of more than 110,000, Gainesville combines a friendly, small-town atmosphere with many big services.

Few students per classroom

Small class sizes and individualized attention. Averaging 12 students per classroom

Native English Speakers Students Assistants

The ELI of the University of Florida is, so far as we know, the only English Language Institute to offer Language Assistants as part of its Listening/Speaking course. Language Assistants are university-age fluent English speakers.

Intensive English Programs

Design your own full-time programs between 23 to 33 hours per week.

Elective classes for advanced levels

Choose electives, such as Business English, Conversation Strategies, and US Culture, at advanced levels when enrollment allows

Different levels of English

Start at your own level in each skill, whether beginning, intermediate or advanced

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Full Time English Language Programs at University of Florida

Design your own full-time programs between 23 to 33 hours per week. Classes are located on campus.

Dates and Prices 2019 - 2020 of the English Programs at ELI University of Florida

You can take more than one program. Prices are in dollars.

Session Dates Program Application Deadline Length Check-in & Placement Testing Classes Begin Full Time Tuition

Spring C 2019

January 15 - April 26

Dec 4, 2019

15 weeks

Jan 15

Jan 22


Spring B 2019

March 5 - April 26

Jan 22, 2019

7 weeks

March 5

March 11


Summer C 2019

May 14 - August 9

April 2, 2019

14 weeks

May 14

May 20


Summer B 2019

June 25 - August 9

May 14, 2019

7 weeks

June 25

June 28


Fall C 2019

August 27 - December 6

Jul 16, 2019

15 weeks

Aug 27

Sep 3


Fall B 2019

October 15 - December 6

September 3, 2019

8 weeks

Oct 15

Oct 18


The information published here might be subject to changes without notice

Additional Costs and information to consider

Application Fee: Students must pay an application fee of $100. The application fee is non-refundable.

Dates: Long (14-15 week) terms are designed to match the academic calendar of degree-seeking students as much as possible. However, enrolled graduate students MUST follow the academic dates provided to them by their departments. Short (7- or 8-week) terms are intended for casual learners, professionals, students with full admission to the university, or as preparation for a long semester. It is not possible to exit the ELI or receive a UF English proficiency test waiver in a short semester.

Check-In and Placement Testing:All students are required to report to the ELI on the published check-in date. All students are required to take a placement test on the published date. All students are required to begin attending classes on the published date. A $100 late arrival fee is charged to new and returning students who miss the check-in session without notifying the ELI in advance, or who check-in but do not attend the first week of classes. Students who check-in but do not attend the first day of classes may be dropped from the program.

Tuition:Tuition must be paid by the end of the third day of classes. Tuition includes full-time enrollment of 23 hours per week: 10 hours of Reading/Writing, 8 hours of Listening/Speaking, 5 hours of Grammar. Alternate courses such as Business English, Conversation Strategies, Writing and Grammar for Writing, and others are available when enrollment allows. Tuition does not include possible additional electives such as pronunciation, IELTS or TOEFL prep, advanced vocabulary, or others. Tuition also includes participation in the cultural immersion program and the services described below in "student support." Part-time enrollment is not permitted on a student (F-1) visa.

Medical Insurance: All students are required to have medical insurance. The cost of the medical insurance is about $200 per month. Students who can provide proof of medical insurance matching the Florida requirements are not required to purchase additional insurance.

Room/Meal Plan: Housing is not included in the Tuition Fee. Payment for housing is made directly to the student apartment complex, not to the University of Florida or the ELI. An average price for housing near the University is about $800 dollars per person per month.

Personal Expenses: You should consider others costs not included in the tuition cost as books, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Total Estimated Expenses: Students must provide financial documents that match or exceed the total estimated expenses of the program they are applying for to receive an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. You can find this estimation in the "How to apply" section in the form ""Certification of Financial Responsibility"".


Curriculum Full-Time English Program

Full-Time Enrollment (23 Hours Per Week)
  • 10 hrs Reading/Writing
  • 8 hrs Listening/Speaking
  • 5 hrs Grammar

Alternate courses, such as Business English, and Conversation Strategies are available when enrollment allows.

Additional Courses (when enrollment allows)
  • 5 hrs TOEFL per week
  • 5 hrs Pronunciation per week for 6 weeks
  • 5 hrs GRE/GMAT Preparation
  • 5 hrs Vocabulary
  • 5 hrs English for Standardized Tests

Any or all of these courses may be added to full-time enrollment for an additional cost. These classes are available when enrollment allows.


The ELI of the University of Florida is, so far as we know, the only English Language Institute to offer Language Assistants as part of its Listening/Speaking course. Language Assistants are university-age fluent English speakers. Two Language Assistants are assigned to each Listening/Speaking class. They work with the Listening/Speaking teacher for each level to provide four hours a week of Speaking to practice the language learned in the class. They practice informal, conversational English and teach about U.S. culture. They take advantage of Florida's climate and meet in an atmosphere conducive to informal language practice. The Listening/Speaking teachers and Language Assistants plan different activities, language games, and discussions based on the needs and interests of the class.

In addition to aiding the Listening/Speaking teachers, every weekend the Language Assistants lead trips outside of Gainesville as part of the ELI's Cultural Immersion Program. For these Weekend Activities, the Language Assistants act as sort of tour guides as the students explore beyond the ELI. The Language Assistants also lead Weekly Activities after classes to provide students with even more English practice. Finally, the Language Assistants also help students become involved in the Gainesville community through the Volunteer Program. The students come to rely on the Language Assistants as friends they can turn to while adapting to a new culture. They provide a myriad of opportunities for daily authentic language and culture experience.


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Admission Requirements:

To enroll in the English Language Institute of The University of Florida, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Hold a high school diploma
How to ApplySteps in the enrollment process


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The Advantages of Learning English at Florida University

The English language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, second only to Mandarin. That English is used almost everywhere is just one of the many advantages of learning the English language in ELI UF.


The English language is the primary language of business throughout the world. Most international business transactions, including emails, memos, reports and contracts are written in the English language.

Employment Opportunities

Having the ability to fluently speak the English language as well as one's native language can be very beneficial to those seeking job opportunities with international companies. The ability to speak a language that is spoken by most business people can place the job seeker a step ahead of the competition.


Major Hollywood movies have dialogue that is spoken in the English language. The plot of these movies is easier to follow if the person watching the movie speaks English. Subtitles in other languages can sometimes cause the meanings of words to be lost in the translation, and they can be a distraction or even block the action that is taking place on the screen.


Since the English language is one that is predominantly spoken throughout the world, international travelers may find that speaking English can make their travels a little easier. Most hotel and restaurant employees, as well as store merchants, will probably speak English at least to some degree.


Students from other countries who attend school in the United States will benefit greatly if they can know basic English. This knowledge will help them communicate better with both their students and teachers. The students will also have an easier time with any research or readings that they are assigned.


The English language is the predominant language of academics all over the world, with a large amount of research conducted, written and presented in English. The English language can be a very helpful tool for scholars to communicate their ideas and research findings with peers in their field.


Most software programs are written in the English language. For those who are seeking to expand their computer knowledge, having the ability to read and understand the English language can be invaluable.

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